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Warriors Keep NBA Draft Lottery Pick, Jazz Lose Out

OAKLAND (CBS / AP) -- The Golden State Warriors finally caught a break again in the NBA draft lottery.

The Warriors stayed in the seventh spot Wednesday night, just high enough for the franchise to keep its protected lottery pick. Utah would have taken the pick as part of a previous trade if Golden State landed outside the top seven.

The New Orleans Hornets won the lottery.

New Warriors general manager Bob Myers—and his lucky Indian token—represented the team on stage at the drawing in New York. Golden State had the seventh-worst record at 23-43 and only needed to not fall back.

As part of last year's trade that sent Deron Williams to New Jersey, the Jazz would have acquired the first-round pick that originally belonged to Golden State.

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