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Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams debuted his new 'Kia Kaha'' jersey and took a knee during the US national anthem as his OKC Thunder defeated the Utah Jazz in their first official match since March.

Adams scored 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Thunder claimed a 110-94 win in their first official match in 143 days at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Instead of wearing his surname on jersey, Adams has opted to have the Māori phrase 'Kia Kaha' - meaning 'be strong' - for the remainder of the season, as every NBA player is permitted to have pre-approved social justice messages on the back of their jersey as part of their support for the 'Black Lives Matter' movement.