Russell Westbrook gets 25th triple-double of the season

Stop the presses: Russell Westbrook recorded yet another triple-double.

Why is this one somewhat special? Well, it was his 25th of the season, and he scored 38 points with 13 rebounds and 12 assists in a 114-102 win against the Grizzlies.

The mercurial point guard often faces criticism for inefficient play, causing too many turnovers and forcing shots, but he proved Friday night that he can be a great leader, too.

Thunder center Steven Adams added a double-double, scoring 16 points with 13 rebounds. He has been a steady presence for Oklahoma City this season.

Memphis was led by underrated All-Star center Marc Gasol, who scored 31 points with eight assists. He has developed into one of the best, true centers in the NBA, and may even give his famous brother’s career a run for its money.

Isaiah Thomas continued his electric form by scoring 38 points with four assists in a 113-107 win against the Lakers. Thomas has now scored 35-plus points in four straight games, which is the longest streak by a Celtic since Paul Pierce did it four in a row in 2001.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Rick Hummel asked Lynn about the situation, and Lynn said he’d be more than willing to sign a deal with the Cardinals, though one hasn’t been offered. He also feels this team’s chances of contending would be better if he’s around the rest of the season.

“I agree with that,” Lynn told Hummel. “But I just pitch here. I don’t do all the thinking up top. My opinion is that if they want to contend down the line, they need me here, too, so we’ll see that how it goes.”

And he’s right, the Cardinals are a better team with him in the rotation. But they do have options, in the form of Luke Weaver and Jack Flaherty, prospects ready at Triple-A Memphis.

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