Shortly after the New York Knicks dropped their ninth-straight game, star forward Carmelo Anthony said the team is "playing to lose" and appears "a little tense" as the losses pile up.

The Knicks have lost nine a row for the first time since 2006. They have dropped seven in a row at home. That's the longest home losing streak in franchise history, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

"I think we're playing to lose rather than playing to win right now," Anthony said after the Knicks' 103-99 loss to New Orleans on Sunday. "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."

Sunday night's loss left the Knicks at 3-13. They are tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the worst mark in the Eastern Conference.

"We just can't seem to get it together," Anthony said after scoring 23 points and grabbing ten rebounds. "We can't seem to figure it out."

The Knicks lost to a Pelicans team that was missing Anthony Davis, its best player, for three quarters. Davis left the game with 1:32 to go in the first after suffering a fracture in his left hand.

New York couldn't take advantage of Davis' absence, missing 12 of its final 13 shots and committing three turnovers in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter.

The Knicks' last home win was Oct. 30 against Milwaukee in the season opener.

Head coach Mike Woodson admitted the obvious when he said the losing streak is weighing on his players.

"I thought coming down the stretch, we played on our heels. The [eight-game losing streak] we were looking at here was staring at us in the face [and] instead of relaxing and just playing, we just didn't make one play," Woodson said.