Russell Westbrook returns vs. Heat

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Point guard Russell Westbrook returned Thursday in the Thunder's 103-81 loss to the Miami Heat.

Westbrook started and scored 16 points with two assists and five rebounds in 24 minutes after missing 27 games since having a procedure on Dec. 27 to deal with swelling in his injured right knee -- the third operation on the knee in nine months.

Westbrook had made it through a full practice Wednesday for the first time since his most recent surgery, and coach Scott Brooks had said he looked good.

Westbrook, a three-time NBA All-Star, tore the lateral meniscus in the knee during the playoffs last April. He underwent an operation after that injury and had another procedure on Oct. 1 to remove a loose stitch.

Oklahoma City went 20-7 after Westbrook's latest setback.