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Carmelo Anthony regrets exchange with fan

Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks

Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks is helped up after falling while attempting a dunk after a whistle in the first half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2016 in New York City. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Carmelo Anthony released a statement Wednesday, saying he let his frustrations get the better of him during Tuesday night’s loss to the Trail Blazers.

Anthony grew tired of hearing derisive comments from a fan near the bench late in the Knicks’ 19-point loss. Anthony exchanged words with the fan, who was escorted from his seat by Garden security.

“We are all frustrated by the team’s recent results — everyone, including me, my teammates, coaches and the fans,” he said in a statement released by the team. “Last night, a fan and I let those frustrations get the best of us. I should not have responded the way I did.”

It’s been a rough few days for Anthony, and an even rougher season. Over the past few days, Anthony was brought into a mini-feud with Miami’s Amar’e Stoudemire over some comments the former Knick said on Sunday. They’ve hashed it out, but not before some angry Instagram posts and tweets.

Anthony didn’t expect this season to rival last year, when the Knicks lost a franchise-record 65 games and he had season-ending knee surgery. But he said this season has tested him more.

“It’s tougher,” Anthony said after Tuesday’s game. “It’s tougher now. 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. Everything just shifted all of a sudden for us.”

The Knicks were in the playoff hunt for more than the first half of the season. They were 22-22 before taking the court Jan. 22. They’ve gone 3-15 since and had a coaching change.

They have been down double figures in all six losses since Kurt Rambis replaced Derek Fisher as coach, and their last five defeats have been by an average of 15.4 points.

Anthony has been reluctant to waive his no-trade clause, but that could change this summer.

“Nobody wants to lose,” Anthony said. “I hate being in that situation. I just don’t want to come up and make excuses and say random answers as far as what’s going on when I don’t have the answers.

“If I had the answers, man, it would be a lot different.”

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