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Cavs win draft lottery, No. 1 pick

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 17, 2011

The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA's draft lottery tonight, overcoming long odds in the process to do it.

The Cavs will select first and fourth in next month's draft after the pick they obtained in a midseason trade with the Los Angeles Clippers turned into the winning combination of pingpong balls: 14, 13, 7, 8.

This marks the first time in club history the team will have a pair of top five picks in the draft. Eight years after winning the lottery and taking LeBron James first overall, the Cavaliers are back in the same position one summer after he left the franchise.

"Obviously shocking events took place last summer," Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said. "Maybe this will be the final straw in getting over the hump, getting to the other side and having a lot of hope for the future. That's what we need."

Duke point guard Kyrie Irving has been projected as the top overall pick for months. He attended Tuesday's lottery because his home is only 20 minutes away. He has been to Cleveland once -- for James' basketball camp -- and is eager to return if the Cavaliers select him.

As for following James, Irving isn't too worried about that.

"I don't believe I'm following LeBron," Irving said. "If I am blessed enough to go to the Cleveland Cavaliers, I just want to start a new legacy there."

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