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Thunder G Russell Westbrook to return vs. Heat
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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on from the bench against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
February 20, 2014, 4:31 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will play Thursday against the Miami Heat.

The team announced the decision a few hours before tipoff. Westbrook has missed 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 made it through a full practice Wednesday for the first time since his most recent surgery, and coach Scott Brooks 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.

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