At least the great white whale never emerged from the sea, joined the Lakers and tormented Captain Ahab's team in a thorough rout.

Daryl Morey and the Rockets were not so lucky.

With Dwight Howard — the subject of Morey's obsessive quest — dominant inside, the Lakers spent much of Sunday night choosing between good and great shots, while Kobe Bryant added an often spectacular — even by his standards — triple-double, the eighth of his career.

That was more than enough for the Lakers to score with ease from start to finish and lead by 19 in the fourth quarter before putting away the Rockets 119-108 at Staples Center.

Howard began the game with deft, lefthanded drives and ended it with rim-pounding, chin-up dunks. He led the Lakers with 28 points and 13 rebounds, making 11 of his 18 shots.

Bryant added 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and every Lakers starter scored in double figures.

Chandler Parsons made eight of 10 shots, including four of five 3-pointers, to lead the Rockets with 24 points, one shy of the career high he set Monday. James Harden added 20 points but made just seven of 18 shots and did not score in the fourth quarter. Jeremy Lin had 10 assists, his second consecutive game with double figures, but made just two of nine shots.