Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/18/12

If the Los Angeles Clippers are trying to take Tony Parker out in this series, they're not doing a very good job. The San Antonio Spurs' point guard dished out 11 assists in Game 1 and scored 22 in Game 2.

San Antonio also happens to lead the Western Conference semifinals 2-0, with the best-of-seven shifting to Los Angeles for the next two games, beginning Saturday.

The Parker matchup against Chris Paul was one of the most highly anticipated duels coming into this series. The Clippers trapped and forced the ball out of Parker's hands in the opener.

All Parker did was set up his teammates for easy looks in the 16-point victory. The Clippers tried to bring much of that pressure Thursday night, only to watch Parker carve them up for a game-high 22 points and five assists.

"I thought Tony played very, very aggressively and really focused knowing full well he was going to get hit, he was going to get doubled and so on and so forth," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He welcomed it, played through it and did one heck of a job."

Paul, on the other hand, has been downright miserable so far. He has 16 points combined in the two games on 7-of-22 shooting.

"I'm just trying to do my best," Parker said of his defense against Paul. "I'm just trying to stay in front of him and try to contain him and make sure he takes hard shots. Obviously Timmy (Duncan) is helping me out too, and Boris (Diaw) and Tiago (Splitter). It is not just me. It is the whole team. It is a team defense. It is everybody being focused on Chris and making sure he doesn't keep going."

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