Getting agoaltending call in the final seconds is an oddway to win, but that's how the New Orleans Hornets capped of an 83-81 victory over the Golden State Warriors Monday night.It's also how the Washington Wizards officially clinched the second-best odds in the upcoming NBA Draft lottery.With their current four-game winning streak, the 18-46 Wizardswere only two games behind the Hornets entering Monday's action. Each team had two games remaining. Then the Hornets won. Ping pong ball watch, over.Now the streaking Wizards can focus on the struggling Cavaliers tonight and the likely LeBron-less Heat on Thursday's season finale before it becomes all draft, all the time.Kentucky's freshman shot blocker Anthony Davis is the ultimate 2012 draft prize forthe Wizards should they beat the odds and receive the number one overall pick for the second time in three seasons. By finishing with the second-best lottery odds, the Wizards can not pick lower than fifth in the first round. Another pair of freshman - Kentucky small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Florida's shooting guard Bradley Beal - could address the Wizards perimeter needs.
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April 25, 2012, 1:51 pm