LeBron James joked he is considering sneezing on Anthony Davis after his Los Angeles Lakers team-mate produced another outstanding performance in their win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.
Davis, who joined the Lakers from the New Orleans Pelicans in a blockbuster trade in June, followed up 25 and 26-point performances in road wins against the Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz with a 39-point showing as Los Angeles claimed a 136-113 victory in Portland.
The 2012 first overall pick's displays have been made all the more impressive by the fact he has produced such incredible form while battling an illness.
Speaking after their win at the Moda Center, James said of Davis: "You see what he did on this road trip being sick? And he is starting to feel a lot better and I don't quite like it. I might sneeze on him a couple of times."
The Lakers are in command at the top of the Western Conference having lost just three of their 23 games this season.
"We have our mind set on something special. In order to reach that goal we have to stay in the moment and go game by game," Davis added.
"We take every game personal. We want to go out there and be the best team."
For the 9-14 Blazers, the game was marred by an injury to Rodney Hood, who suffered a torn Achilles in the first quarter.
"You hate to see one of your team-mates go down to an injury like that, especially a starter, and somebody who is really a good person and having a great season, fitting in really well with our team, and a big part of what we do," Blazers star Damian Lillard said.
"You just feel for him personally more than anything."