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Fisher told him he needs

  Seraphin, signed as a free agent for the $2.8 million room exception, was terrific in the fourth as the Knicks — and Anthony — continued to pound the ball into the post for the center. who once played in the French league. Seraphin has been bothered by sore knees in his first year in New York and had seemed to lose his rotation spot to Lou Amundson.

He recently went into Fisher’s office for a talk.

“It’s frustration when you don’t play for sure,’’ Seraphin said. “I definitely wasn’t happy, was frustrated and kept working. I kept my frustration on the treadmill.’’

Fisher told him he needs to be tougher on defense.

“I went to his office and ask him, ‘What do you expect from me?’ ’’ Seraphin said. “ ‘What I should do more and better to be on the court?’ He expects more from the defensive part. He told me the offensive part, don’t worry about this part, get more rebounds and make some stops.’’

Seraphin came on in the third quarter to score on a fast break and then hit a 20-footer at the shot-clock buzzer to give the Knicks a 68-65 lead entering the fourth. Then he went to town down low and even had an early fourth-quarter steal that led to a fast-break score. Fisher stuck with Seraphin as Robin Lopez and Kyle O’Quinn both struggled and were held scoreless.

“I know that [Anthony] believes in me from the beginning,’’ Seraphin said. “He knows me from Washington. When you see the star of the team, a guy like him, give me the ball in the post and say, ‘Get in the post, I’ll get you the ball,’ it gives you confidence and physically I made the best of it.’’

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