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Mario Hezonja celebrates Barça's 76-68 win over Real Madrid at the Palau Blaugrana / PHOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO-FCB

FC Barcelona, 76
Real Madrid, 68

FC Barcelona: Huertas (10), Hezonja (5), Thomas (6), Doellman (12), Tomic (12) (starting five), Satoransky (10), Jackson (8), Lampe (7), Pleiss (6)

Real Madrid : Llull (12), Fernández (8), Nocioni (6), Maciulis (14), Bourousis (3) (starting five), Rivers (7), Reyes (4), Ayón (2), Carroll (10), Sergio Rodríguez, Campazzo, Mejri (2)

SCORING BY QUARTER

FC Barcelona (24+23+11+18)

Real Madrid (22+18+15+13)

Referees: Pizarro, Cortés and Martínez

The final Clásico of 2014 falls Barça's way

FC Barcelona beat their eternal rival, Real Madrid, by a final score of 76-68 in the last game of 2014 at the Palau Blaugrana. After trailing in the opening minutes, Barça took control of play before the end of the first quarter en route to winning thanks in large part to a raucous sellout crowd and a strong inside game.  

The newly signed Edwin Jackson made his debut for Barça while the victory brought them into a second place tie with Real Madrid in the league standings, just one game behind Unicaja Málaga.

Barça were lights out in the first quarter, shooting 83% from the field, and continued to make their baskets through the second.

Real Madrid never looked like they were in it, but managed to stay within striking distance, and were only down 58-55 at the end of the third quarter.

An 8-0 Barça run in the beginning of the fourth quarter tipped the scales to the hosts.

Head coach Xavi Pascual says crowd made a difference

Barça coach Xavi Pascual was delighted with his team's win over Real Madrid and said "this win was not just for our fans, it was thanks to our fans." He said the energy coming from the crowd was instrumental in helping his team to victory. When asked about the game itself, Pascual declared: "We played a perfect first half, and we needed to with all the injuries we've had."


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