SAN ANTONIO, May 5 (Ticker) -- Tony Parker is on fast forward, zipping past the Los Angeles Lakers and into superstardom.

Parker scored a playoff career-high 30 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 95-85 victory over the Lakers and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

What was viewed as an epic matchup pitting superstar Tim Duncan and the NBA champion Spurs against the four future Hall of Famers of the Lakers is being dominated by Parker, a 6-2 guard from France whose unstoppable quickness quickly is turning this series into a rout.

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Parker had 20 points and nine assists in Sunday's opener, repeatedly blowing past Gary Payton and the rest of the Lakers' defense as if they were standing still. In this one, the 21-year-old took the RPMs to another level.

"I was just trying to be aggressive; that's the main thing," said Parker, who added five assists and three steals. "I was in attack mode and just tried to get shots for me and my teammates. I have a lot of confidence and want to keep playing aggressive."

"He is such a quick, speedy player," Lakers guard Derek Fisher said.

Again making Payton look helpless, Parker raced to 16 points in the first quarter as San Antonio grabbed a 33-17 lead. But his true stamp of stardom came in the final period, when the reliable Duncan did not score.

The Spurs were clinging to an 83-80 lead when Parker's penetration led to two free throws for himself and another for Rasho Nesterovic. On the next possession, he used a crossover dribble that had Devean George swiping at air before lofting a runner over 7-1 Shaquille O'Neal that splashed through for an 88-80 bulge with 3:38 left.

"We have to make him do something else," O'Neal said. "We have to trap him and make him get the ball to someone else. He's getting to the lane and doing what he wants."

Parker, who made 13-of-23 shots, added the coup de grace with an 18-footer for a 92-83 lead with 1:02 to play.

"P.J. (Spurs assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo) elbows me five times a game and says, 'He's 21, shut up and watch the game,'" said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who almost never yells at Parker anymore. "That's all I should do. He does a great job of leadership. ... I'm blessed to have such a young, talented kid."

After a rough stretch in the second half, San Antonio got its defense in order and held Los Angeles without a basket over the final 5½ minutes. The Lakers missed their last seven shots.

"It looked to me like we ran out of gas again tonight getting back into the ballgame, and didn't have enough left for the last four minutes of the game," Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said.

Game 3 is Sunday at Los Angeles. Of 170 teams that have lost the first two games of a best-of-seven series, only seven have come back to win.

"It's tough to get one, much less two (to tie it)," Fisher said.

Duncan scored 24 points and Manu Ginobili added 15 off the bench for the Spurs, who have won 17 straight games since March 23.

O'Neal had 32 points and 15 rebounds as the Lakers did a much better job of getting him the ball in the low post. But Bryant was held to 15 on 7-of-17 shooting as he was taken out of the offense.

Game 2 followed a script similar to Game 1. Parker set an early tone with his speed as the Spurs took control before the Lakers battled back with a strong third quarter.

After a 3-pointer by Bruce Bowen, Parker set up easy baskets by Ginobili with lob and behind-the-back passes, making it 61-43 late in the first half. But O'Neal made 12-of-13 shots during one stretch, rallying L.A. within 76-72 with 9:04 to play.

"It was the same as Game 1," said Nesterovic, who scored nine points. "Our intensity dropped in the third quarter. We have to take better care not to let that happen again."

A corner jumper by Bryant made it 80-78 before Hedo Turkoglu's 3-pointer gave San Antonio some breathing room. Bryant sank another jumper for the Lakers' last basket and Parker took over.

"He played his butt off tonight," Lakers forward Karl Malone said.