It was a tough game which included five technical fouls, two glaring fouls and the first half ejections of Markieff Morris and DeMarcus Cousins.
Davis, who sat down with a groin strain on Friday, helped the Lakers finish with 62 points in the paint in a game in which they led by no less than 27.
The Lakers advanced by double digits for most of the night and opened the fourth quarter with a 10-4 run to push the lead to 98-79 with about nine minutes left. Houston used a 7-2 run, with a 3-point pointer from Ben McLemore, later in the quarter to go 15 with about five minutes remaining. But former Rocket Montrezl Harrell scored four quick points to reach 108-89 and both teams knocked out most of their starters soon after.
Christian Wood scored 23 points and James Harden had 20 in the first of two straight games against the Lakers, the second being Tuesday night in Houston.
Morris was sent off in the first quarter after an altercation with Cousins. Morris threw Jae’Sean Tate to the ground in the lane with a hard shoulder to the chest and Cousins quickly pushed Morris to the ground. Cousins then turned and leaned over to help Tate off the pitch when Morris jumped up, charged Cousins, and pushed him with both hands. He was quickly pulled away by his teammates and officials, but continued to chew on Cousins and try to follow him to the Houston bench.
After a video review Morris received a flagrant foul 1 for the game on Tate and received a technical foul and was thrown out for the dust that followed. Cousins also received a technical foul but was not ejected.
But he wouldn’t stay in the game for long. James was heading for the basket early in the second quarter when Cousins attempted to kick the ball but instead hit him in the head and face. James fell onto the court where he stayed for a few seconds before slowly getting up and staying in the game.
The game was reviewed and Cousins received a flagrant foul of 2 and was sent off.
Houston came out flat after Friday night’s resounding victory over the Magic and the Lakers were 19 points clear at halftime. Los Angeles opened the third quarter with an 11-3 run, capped by a 3 from Dennis Schroder, to make it 76-49 with about nine minutes left in the quarter.
Houston started afterwards, using a 16-2 push to move up to 78-65 with about five minutes left in the third. Los Angeles capped the quarter with a 5-2 run to extend the lead to 88-75 early in the fourth.
Lakers: Talen Horton-Tucker had 17 points off the bench. … Harrell had 16 points and eight rebounds.
Rockets: Danuel House missed his fourth straight game with back spasms. … Houston only scored 12 of 41 3 points.
Lakers: After Tuesday’s game against Houston, they conclude their road trip to Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.
Rockets: Following the second meeting with Los Angeles, the Rockets play two games in San Antonio Thursday and Saturday.