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Cavaliers' Shot At No. 1 Pick Came Down To Final Lottery Ball

The Cleveland Cavaliers narrowly missed out on landing their second consecutive No. 1 overall pick on Wednesday night. Zach Lowe of The Point Forward blog at Sports Illustrated was in the room and has a unique behind-the-scenes look at just how close they came to edging the Hornets for the right to draft Anthony Davis. An excerpt after the jump:

Via Zach Lowe of Sports Illustrated:

After the mandatory 10-second pause for the remaining 12 balls to bounce around inside the machine, a league official drew out the next ball - a "9." Demps was in business.

So was Jeffrey Cohen, vice chairman of the Cavaliers. If the final ball was marked with a "3," the Cavaliers would win the lottery for the second straight season.

Alas, the final ball that surfaced was a "7" although the Hornets' Demps initially misread it as a "1." Read Lowe's entire behind the scenes account for the complete details on how things broke down.

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Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.