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Carmelo Anthony reveals what he said to heckler during Knicks defeat

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During the New York Knicks' 104-85 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night, Carmelo Anthony was seen exchanging a few words with a heckler sat a few rows behind the team's bench.

Speaking after the defeat - the Knicks' 15th in their last 18 games - Melo explained what was said between himself and the disgruntled fan:

"He kept calling my name, calling my name, said you guys suck, you guys suck,’’ Anthony explained, via the New York Post.

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“At that point, I was trying to gather myself. I turned around and all I did was pointed to Dolan (the Knicks owner).

"I told him, ‘look, the owner’s right there, ask for your money back.’ At that point, he told me he wasn’t coming to another game. You just don’t want to hear that. I pointed to the owner and told him, ‘look, you deal with that with him and see if you can get your money back.’"

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ESPN noted that the fan may have subsequently been escorted from his seat by the security at Madison Square Garden.

Last night's 19-point loss to the Trail Blazers was the Knicks' second double-digit home defeat in three days having been beaten 98-81 by the Miami Heat on Sunday, and it sums up the Big Apple franchise's struggles of late.

Recent struggles

After seeing their team get off to a solid start - the Knicks were at .500 on January 12 - the franchise has endured a tough run that has left many fans, including Melo's heckler, disheartened.

Anthony himself admitted that the team's strong start to the 2015-16 campaign has meant the recent run has been hard to swallow:

"It's tougher now," explained the 31-year-old. "At least last year [we] were in a situation where we had to start from the bottom, from the ground up.

"This year we got off to a good start. We had spurts where we was playing very well and we had spurts where we wasn't playing well. Everything just shifted all of a sudden for us."

Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

Despite their poor form over the past few weeks, the Knicks aren't yet mathematically out of playoff contention.

Their 25-37 record might see them sit in 13th place in the Eastern Conference but, with 20 games still to play, they can theoretically still catch the Detroit Pistons who lie seven games ahead in eight spot.

It may seem like an unrealistic goal to some, but you can be sure Anthony will be trying his best to rally his team for the remainder of the campaign regardless.

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Eastern Conference
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Portland Trail Blazers
Northwest Division
Western Conference
Atlantic Division
New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony

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