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Westbrook scores 34 in return, but Thunder roll past Rockets

Thunder vs Rockets Predictions and Spread Inside the Thunder's Russell Westbrook tribute video, the franchise's first of its kind
Cary Erickson | 12 January, 2020, 17:59

The cheers from the sellout crowd began even before the tribute video, which featured a variety of Westbrook highlights; fiery, on-court celebrations; clips of his community involvement; memorable Instagram posts; and famous quotes from his remarkable run as the Thunder's point guard.

Despite its game-intensive 34 points, the Houston Rockets narrowly met the home team (92-113). He also averaged a triple-double the past three seasons.

In July, fans of the Oklahoma City Thunder were stunned when the team parted ways with Westbrook, sending him to the Houston Rockets. I feel like I leave everything on the floor every night and do what I can for the city.

Thunder fans remember Westbrook as the star he stayed after Kevin Durant left the then Golden State in 2016, and they filled him with thanks before the game.

Those same phrases and statistics were on the special-edition Jordan WhyNot Zer0.3 shoes Westbrook wore during the game.

"Coming back here, just making me feel that I was very, very appreciated".

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Regardless, Russell Westbrook's return to Oklahoma City came with all of the pomp and circumstance that the veteran's time with the Thunder should have garnered and both sides can look on peacefully to the future. I don't regret anything I did here. "The absolute best fans in the world because they came with me and they came with me tonight".

"The energy was wonderful", Paul said. Shai (Gilgeous-Alexander) and I were sitting there talking about "Okay, let's get started". "Our first nationally televised game and Russ being back so we knew that the crowd - I mean the crowd is always great, but we knew it was going to be a different energy tonight with Russ" first game back here and I mean, you've got to get excited during the player intros.

It was nearly as if Russell Westbrook never left. I don't regret anything I've done here.

With Durant and Westbrook evolving into elite players, the Thunder reached the NBA Finals in 2012, only to lose in five games to the Miami Heat.

"Plain and simple. I didn't get this feeling like it was weird".