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Yuta Watanabe comically dives into his own net as Brooklyn Nets woes continue


The Brooklyn Nets have had a terrible start to the NBA season and on Saturday star forward Yuta Watanabe didn’t make it any easier with a comical goal scoring into the opposing team’s basket.

At Barclays Center, the Nets lost 125-116 to the Indiana Pacers to go 1-5 for the season. It was the Nets’ fourth straight loss and one coach, Steve Nash, called it a “disaster”.

The night started ominously when, in the first quarter, Watanabe accidentally scored for the Pacers. When Andrew Nembhard of the Pacers went to shoot, the ball ricocheted off the rim and off the backboard, James Johnson and Goga Bitadze of the Pacers went for the rebound, as did Watanabe, who got to the ball first and dunked it .

The two-point comedian cut the Nets’ lead before the Pacers were tied at the end of the first quarter.

As the Pacers pulled away from the struggling Nets, rookie Bennedict Mathurin scored a career-high 32 points on a team-high 23 three-pointers.

Elsewhere, Jalen McDaniels scored five key points in overtime as the Charlotte Hornets recovered after blowing a fourth-quarter lead to beat the Golden State Warriors 120-113.

Domantas Sabonis scored his 18 points in the first half and the Sacramento Kings were stunned as they toured the Miami Heat 119-113 for coach Mike Brown’s first win at his new home.

Joel Embiid scored 25 points to lead six players in double figures and James Harden recorded a double-double of 15 points and 11 assists to propel the visiting Philadelphia 76ers to a 114-109 win over the Chicago Bulls.

And Milwaukee remained the only undefeated team in the NBA with a 123-115 win over Atlanta. Jrue Holiday and Giannis Antetokounmpo both scored 34 points.


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