Several Knicks players were disappointed with the team's effort in Sunday's 127-107 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.
"They wanted it more," Tim Hardaway Jr. said, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy. "So we can't let that happen. It shouldn't be happening."
The Knicks, who have lost eight of their last 11 games, were outrebounded 39-33 and committed 17 turnovers as opposed to Los Angeles' six.
"They just played harder than us in everything," Enes Kanter said, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "Just out-hustled us, lot of offensive rebounds, got a lot of turnovers. I don't think we can play like this in road games and expect to get a win."
New York held an 84-78 lead midway through the third quarter before the Lakers ended the frame on a 19-5 run, and the Knicks got no closer than six the rest of the way.
"We didn't get enough stops," Hardaway said, according to Iannazzone. "We really didn't get any stops. That team is so well-energized, well-coached. They do a great job of just crashing the glass, going hard every possession, diving on the floor. You could tell they want it."
With a 6-17 record away from Madison Square Garden, the Knicks have the second-worst road record in the Eastern Conference, and Sunday's loss put them three games back of the Milwaukee Bucks for eighth place.
"We can't be the team that tries to outscore somebody, especially on the road," head coach Jeff Hornacek said, according to Bondy. "On the road you got to win it with defense, you got to get stops."