Kobe Bryant is having some fun in the post-Mike Brown era.

You don't have to look at his face.

Just look at those gaudy statistics.

Bryant nearly had a triple-double by halftime against the Houston Rockets on Sunday at Staples Center.

The shackles are off that clunky Princeton offense.

Bryant and the Lakers are free, and they've responded by scoring in droves. Bryant had a triple-double - with 22 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds - midway through the final quarter.

The fun is back.

The Lakers beat the Rockets 119-108.

Defense is a problem for another day. This was Bryant's day.

It was the first time Bryant had a triple-double in a little more than two years. It was the 18 th of his career, and none of those came during Brown's tenure.

"It's cool. It's not something I try to go after," Bryant said. "It's always cool when it happens."

He even remembered the previous one.

"I think probably when Lamar (Odom) challenged me to get one, and I got one at halftime," Bryant said about his last triple-double, which came Nov. 3, 2010, at Sacramento.

This was supposed to be new Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni's debut, but with D'Antoni still sidelined from knee surgery, this was another chance to check out the Lakers' fun, fast, efficient offense.

Even though he wasn't on the bench, his offense was on display.

Bryant had 11 points, nine assists and seven rebounds after just two quarters.