Knicks Josh Hart made a good impact after knee injury

Josh Hart showed signs of being an impactful player and valuable in-season addition to the Knicks from a year ago on Saturday night.

Hart returned to the rotation after missing the first game of the season Thursday with left knee soreness, contributing 10 points and nine rebounds in Saturday’s 126-100 win over the Raptors.

“I don’t want to overlook what OG Anunoby and Josh brought to the game,” Tom Thibodeau said after the game. “They made so many tough plays for us and that kept us going.”

Despite the emotion of the first game against Toronto since the Knicks traded RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley in the late December deal that brought Anunoby, the Raptors led 26-16 when Hart entered the game with 5:09 left remained in the first quarter match.

He kept coming back to block a Dennis Schroder layup attempt and buried two shots for five points to help the Knicks tie the score by the end of the session.