Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant said the fan reaction helped him “a lot” on his return from an eight-game ban.
23 year old Morant, was suspended without pay by the NBA, after a video showed him holding a gun in a Colorado nightclub.
He returned off the bench in a 130-125 win against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday as the Grizzlies secured the Southwest Division title.
He had been available to face the Dallas Mavericks on Monday but sat the game out.
Morant played 24 minutes against the Rockets and finished with 17 points, four rebounds and five assists.