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Carmelo to Knicks fans: 'It gets better'

NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks' win over New Orleans probably won't change anything about the trajectory of this season.

New York is still on pace to lose 70 games.

The club still hopes to land a top lottery pick in the NBA draft.

But, for one night at least, the Knicks could take a break from all of the misery that comes with tanking in the NBA.

"It feels good to come in this locker room with a win. It's a different energy, it's a different vibe," Carmelo Anthony said. "I just want my teammates to understand what this feeling is and let's carry it over to Philly."

Monday's win snapped a franchise-record 16-game losing streak for New York. The Knicks last won Dec. 12 against Boston. Their last win at home came Nov. 22 against Philadelphia.

"It's good to experience that feeling once again. I'll take it," Anthony said. "It's not about thinking about what happened leading up to this point or what's going to happen tomorrow."

Really, though, that's what it's all about for the Knicks at this point.

When Phil Jackson traded away J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this month, he waved the white flag on the season.

So Anthony -- and everyone else -- knows that it's all about the future at this point for the franchise.

Anthony has acknowledged that on several occasions this season, including on Monday night when he offered this message to fans:

"The fans are going through it, we are going through it. [But] it gets better," Anthony said. "I believe that."

For what it's worth, Monday's win may have hurt the Knicks (6-36) in their pursuit of a top draft pick.

They have just one fewer win than the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-33) and climbed to within 2 1/2 games of Philadelphia (8-33) in the Eastern Conference standings.

If the Knicks finish with the worst record in the NBA, they have a 25 percent chance of landing the top pick in the draft. Their odds decrease if they finish with the second-worst record (19.9 percent) and third-worst record (14.7 percent). The team with the worst record is guaranteed no worse than the fourth overall pick.

Galloway soars again: Langston Galloway is turning into a bright spot for the Knicks in an otherwise forgettable season.

Galloway, who was in training camp with the Knicks and was recently called up from their D-League team in Westchester, scored 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting on Monday. He hit 3 of 6 3-point attempts and added an electric putback dunk. Galloway is averaging 12 points through his first five games.

Amundson, Thomas expected back: The Knicks will sign Lance Thomas and Lou Amundson to another set of 10-day contracts, according to league sources. Thomas and Amundson joined the Knicks on 10-day pacts earlier this month and are set to expire on Tuesday. Fisher said on Monday night that he was in favor of bringing both players back. With Amundson and Thomas back, the Knicks will have to make two players inactive on game nights. Cleanthony Early was inactive on Monday due in part to a sore ankle.

Playing on MLK Day: Anthony and Derek Fisher noted the significance of playing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"Often times in athletics and in sport it's not really about what color you are, where you're from, it's about just being part of a team, part of a group, part of a group of guys trying to accomplish something special for a larger purpose than just yourself," Fisher said.

Added Anthony: "Me, I would rather not play on this day. I am fortunate enough -- we are fortunate enough -- to go out and play and represent for the doctor. So it's an honor, really an honor for me and our teammates to participate on this day."