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Another city, another loss for Knicks

Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks sits on the

Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks sits on the bench late in a game against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

NEW ORLEANS - The Knicks couldn't shake their "loser's mentality'' Tuesday night.

One day after team president Phil Jackson said they have one, they lost their ninth consecutive game, matching last season's longest skid.

The Pelicans dominated inside and on the perimeter and downed the Knicks, 104-93, at Smoothie King Center. They're 4-19 and have dropped 10 straight on the road.

Amar'e Stoudemire led the Knicks with 26 points. Carmelo Anthony, who was seen getting his left knee worked on right before tipoff, had a relatively quiet night. He shot 6-for-11, scored 17 points and had no assists.

The Knicks face the defending champion Spurs Wednesday night in San Antonio. The Spurs also are completing a back-to-back, so maybe the Knicks will get lucky and Gregg Popovich will rest some of his marquee regulars.

Tyreke Evans scored a game-high 27 for the Pelicans (10-10). Anthony Davis added 18 points, including 13 in the second half, and Omer Asik had 16 points and 14 rebounds.

The Pelicans shot 50 percent from the field and had a 43-30 rebounding edge.

The Knicks, as usual, were down double-digits in the fourth quarter. This time, though, there would be no comeback that made it a one-possession game down the stretch.

The Pelicans led by four at the start of the fourth, and with Davis on the bench, opened the quarter with a 10-2 run and led 87-75 after Asik scored inside. They pushed it to 91-78 after another Asik layup with 5:55 to go.

The Knicks cut it to 91-82, but then Davis returned and scored on the Pelicans' next trip before blocking J.R. Smith's layup. That led to Evans' layup in transition for a 95-82 advantage. From there, the Knicks got it under 10 once, on a Pablo Prigioni three-pointer with 1:34 left that made it 99-90.

Anthony said it was brought to his attention that Jackson said the Knicks have a "loser's mentality.'' Anthony didn't necessarily agree, but overall, the Knicks seemed more bothered by their record than by Jackson's assessment.

"When it comes to having a loser's mentality,'' Anthony said, "what I can take from that, I think when you lose games consistently the same way that we're losing games, I think it's easy to get accustomed to kind of trying not to lose rather than trying to win games. "I think that's where we're at as a team right now.

"I don't like to lose. Loser's mentality, I think a lot of people will kind of decipher that in their own different ways. You ask 10 people, you're going to get 10 different opinions of what that means.

"I know we don't have a losing mentality. I just know that when you're losing basketball games, it's easier to figure out how not to lose than it is how to win games.''

Jackson also said the Knicks have had "resistance to discipline and order and culture change.''

Fisher said change is "tough for anybody,'' and Anthony conceded it's hard to stay positive when the losing continues.

"I think it's natural to get down and get upset and get frustrated when you're losing basketball games,'' Anthony said. "We just can't allow that to seep in and every time we lose a game, everybody's getting down and angry and upset and frustrated and it carries over to the next game and the next game.''

The Knicks carried over some of their bad habits to this game. They let the Pelicans get the shots they wanted, and they hit 56.8 percent of them in the first half. New Orleans led 54-52 at the half.

Neither team was up by more than five in the first half. Stoudemire had a strong performance, scoring 16 by halftime. The Knicks, who are routinely beaten in second-chance points, had a surprising 12-2 edge in that category against the NBA's fifth-best offensive rebounding team.

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