In addition, he rocked a "Stache Brothers" t-shirt (a nod to the nickname that he and Steven Adams had when they were teammates in OKC) and made sure to tweet a good luck message to the Thunder from the stands before tip-off.
Westbrook and George then combined to score all of the Thunder's points as they went on a 32-7 run, levelling the game at 78-78 as the final quarter began. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, shoots as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell defends during the second hal.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, defends against Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio.
There is only one match on Friday, where the Boston Celtics will be looking to close out their series with the Milwaukee Bucks, where they lead 3-2. By the time he subbed back in, Oklahoma City led 88-87. Paul George added 34 points.
The fourth-seed Thunder trailed by 15 at the halftime break, and were on the brink of an early exit from the playoffs, especially as the five-seed Jazz extended their lead to 25, three minutes into the third quarter.
James Harden scored 24 points as the Houston Rockets booked their spot in the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs by crushing the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-104 in game five on Wednesday.
Westbrook torched the Jazz, scoring 33 of his 45 points in the second half.
Rubio's triple-double leads Jazz to playoff win
Rubio notched just the third triple-double in Jazz postseason history joining Willie Green in 1984 and John Stockton in 1991. Have huge respect for him, and playing here is great because I know how important a point guard he is for this franchise".
Gobert, who returned late in the third quarter after the damage had been done, finished the game plus-seven in the plus/minus column - the only Jazz player with a positve number. The Jazz knocked down seven three pointers.
And again, they made that comeback (to tie the game) in just over eight minutes.
Houston will now play the victor of the Utah-Oklahoma City series, which the Jazz now lead 3-2.
Jazz: Shot 57 percent in the first quarter to take a 34-29 lead. "But we're going home, we've got to be strong with confidence". Two free throws by Gobert, a breakaway dunk by Ingles (off an acrobatic pass from Gobert), two free throws by Crowder, and a transition dunk by Gobert (after Mitchell stole a pass by Westbrook) pushed Utah's lead to 15. Mitchell was fouled on a 3-pointer with 11.1 seconds left in the first half. "We never quit. I can't pinpoint one thing we did wrong".
"I was just trying to pick my spots", Westbrook said.
Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford added 20 points off the bench.