The Knicks have not won since beating the Boston Celtics on Dec. 12 and are 5-33 on the season. It is their third lengthy losing streak of the season as they previously lost seven and 10 games in a row under rookie head coach Derek Fisher.
Fisher said the team will not take solace in merely ending the streak, Joseph White of the Associated Press reports.
"We can't get caught up in the history and record and number of games," first-year coach Derek Fisher said, "and so we're coming out and trying to win one game, and we're supposed to celebrate because we broke a streak? No. That's not who we're going to be."
Forward Carmelo Anthony has missed four games during the streak, including the last three, with a sore left knee. He said he is "not shutting it down for the season yet," and is planning to play on Wednesday in London against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Knicks president Phil Jackson traded shooting guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this week in a three-team trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Knicks waived each of the players they received in the trade.
The Knicks host the the Houston Rockets (24-11) on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.
- Paul Palladino