Lakers hold off Suns, 119-108, to move above .500

Los Angeles Lakers forward Thomas Robinson, left, and guard Nick Young, center, chase after Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 6. The Lakers won 119-108.

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Thomas Robinson, left, and guard Nick Young, center, chase after Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 6. The Lakers won 119-108.

LOS ANGELES — Nick Young scored 22 points, Jordan Clarkson added 18 and the Los Angeles Lakers moved above .500 for only the second time in nearly three years with a 119-108 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.

Two days after their stunning upset of Golden State, the Lakers (4-3) held off the Suns down the stretch despite Devin Booker’s career-high 39 points.

Julius Randle scored 18 for the Lakers, and Clarkson hit a 3-pointer with 1:27 left to seal Los Angeles’ third victory in its last 14 meetings with the Suns, who have lost five of seven.

Other than its season-opening victory last month, Los Angeles hadn’t had a winning record since the franchise was 10-9 on Dec. 6, 2013.

The three worst seasons in team history followed, but coach Luke Walton’s new Lakers are already injecting optimism into their huge fan base with up-tempo excitement and a quick start to the season.

Booker scored 29 in the second half while setting a career high for the second straight game. T.J. Warren scored 22 points and Eric Bledsoe added 19 for Phoenix.

Booker followed up his 38-point game against New Orleans on Friday with another beauty. After missing nine of his 12 first-half shots, the 20-year-old heated up with a series of high-difficulty buckets while Phoenix trimmed the Lakers’ lead.

He outplayed D’Angelo Russell, his fellow second-year NBA guard, who had 11 points — eight in the fourth quarter — and six assists for Los Angeles.

The Lakers led by 14 in the third quarter, but Phoenix sliced the lead to 83-81 early in the fourth on back-to-back baskets by Booker. Young boosted the lead back to seven when he converted a four-point play with 4:19 to play, sprawling onto his back near the Lakers’ bench to make sure he drew the foul.

NANCE INJURED

Lakers F Larry Nance Jr. has a concussion after a first-quarter tumble. Nance was undercut by P.J. Tucker while they scrambled for a loose ball near midcourt. Nance didn’t return, and he must miss Tuesday’s game against Dallas as well, according to the NBA’s concussion protocol. Nance is a valuable reserve in his second NBA season, averaging 8.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

UP NEXT

Suns: At Portland on Tuesday.

Lakers: Host Dallas on Tuesday.