Celtics win NBA draft lot­tery, Lak­ers at No. 2 keep their pick

Cape Breton Post - - Sports - BY BRIAN MA­HONEY

The Celtics won by beat­ing out the Lak­ers, giv­ing the draft lot­tery an old NBA Fi­nals feel.

Yet, ob­vi­ous by Magic John­son’s smile, the hated ri­vals were both win­ners.

The Celtics won the lot­tery Tues­day night to con­tinue an­other amaz­ing bas­ket­ball spring­time in Bos­ton, cap­i­tal­iz­ing on a trade they made with the Brook­lyn Nets four years ago. A night af­ter win­ning Game 7 against Wash­ing­ton to se­cure an East­ern Con­fer­ence fi­nals matchup with Cleve­land, the Celtics cashed in their 25 per cent chance to land the No. 1 pick in the June draft.

“Game last night, Game 7, a tough Wash­ing­ton team. Game to­mor­row against a tough Cleve­land team. And now we squeeze in the lot­tery and win the pick. I don’t know what’s hap­pen­ing here. It’s pretty amaz­ing,” said Wyc Grous­beck, a Celtics owner who rep­re­sented them on stage.

The Lak­ers moved up one spot to sec­ond to hold onto their pick. They would have had to trade it to Philadel­phia if it fell out­side the top three.

The 76ers will pick third, while Phoenix fell two spots and is fourth.

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