Houston Rockets superstar Russell Westbrook made a triumphant return to the Chesapeake Energy Arena, receiving a standing ovation from the home town fans ahead of his team’s match versus the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.

The 31-year-old Westbrook spent his first 11 seasons with the Thunder, where he won the league's Most Valuable Player of the Year award in 2017 and was named an All-Star eight times.

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Russ was drafted fourth overall by the Thunder in 2008 and would eventually form a fearsome trio with fellow MVPs Kevin Durant and James Harden. He still holds several All-time franchise records to this day, including most points in Thunder history (18,559). He also racked up 5,760 rebounds (3rd) and dished out 6,897 assists (2nd).

Russell Westbrook is averaging 24.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 1.5 steals in his first season away from Oklahoma. His former teammate Paul George recently opened up about the magnitude of Westbrook's first match with his former team.

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