Knicks' Josh Hart was ejected from the game after kicking Bulls' Javonte Green in the head zone

New York Knicks forward Josh Hart's night in Chicago ended sooner than expected.

The NBA veteran's foot landed near Chicago Bulls guard Javonta Green after Hart was stripped naked while driving to the basket late in the first quarter. Hart's leg came up and hit Green in the side of the head.

The referees initially called Hart a technical foul. But, after reviewing the play, officials decided to upgrade the call to a Flagrant 2, resulting in Hart being removed from the game.

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Josh Hart reacts during the match

Josh Hart (3) of the New York Knicks reacts to the news of his ejection from the game against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Friday, April 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Mark Black)

Hart spent 11 minutes on the basketball court before he was ejected. He finished the game with a rebound and an assist. He didn't score any points in Friday night's game.

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Hart scored a season-high 31 points in a win over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday, helping New York end a three-game losing streak. He is averaging 9.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in his 75 appearances this season.

KNICKS ALL-STAR JULIUS RANDLE SIDELINED UNTIL NEXT SEASON DUE TO SHOULDER INJURY

The Knicks entered Friday's game tied with the Orlando Magic for the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference.

Josh Hart drives to the basket

Josh Hart #3 of the New York Knicks drives to the basket during the game against the Chicago Bulls on April 5, 2024 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)

But New York was also shorthanded on Friday. Earlier this week, the team ruled out three-time All-Star Julius Randle for the remainder of the season. He is expected to undergo shoulder surgery.

The team said the 29-year-old will be re-evaluated over the next five months. The NBA playoffs begin on April 20.

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Injuries have taken their toll on the once-thriving Knicks. Besides Randle, fellow OG starters Anunoby and Mitchell Robinson have also dealt with injuries this season. However, Anunoby returned to action on Friday night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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