Dec 1, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives past New Orleans Pelicans small forward Josh Childress (8) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. New Orleans Pelicans won 103-99. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony says Knicks are 'playing to lose'

The New York Knicks lost their ninth-consecutive game when they were defeated by the New Orleans Pelicans 103-99 Sunday night.

Frustration has clearly set in and Knicks’ superstar forward Carmelo Anthony voiced his following the defeat.

“I think we’re playing to lose rather than playing to win right now,” Anthony told ESPN New York’s Ian Begley following Sunday’s game. “When you lose games the way we’ve been losing them at home, on the road, you start thinking a lot. You start playing a little tense, you start playing on your heels.”

The loss dropped the Knicks to 3-13 on the season. That mark is tied for the worst in the Eastern Conference (Milwaukee Bucks).

“We just can’t seem to get it together,” Anthony, who scored 23 points on nine-of-21 shooting and pulled down 10 rebounds in the loss Sunday, said. “We can’t seem to figure it out.”

On the season, Anthony is averaging 26.5 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, but is shooting a career-low 42.2% from the field and 29.3% from beyond the arc.

The Knicks will have a chance to try to get things going in the right direction when they travel to Brooklyn to take on the Nets Thursday night.

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