It had been a while since Tony Parker had all the pieces in place. It had been a while since his teardrop dropped, his spin move spun and his jump shot sank.

In short, it had been a while since the Spurs’ All-Star point guard enjoyed a night like Wednesday at the AT&T Center.

Making use of every trick up his sleeve and every shot in his arsenal, Parker scored 24 of his 28 points in the second half to help lift the Spurs to a 102-91 Game 2 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers to maintain control of their Western Conference first-round series.

“It’s been a battle,” Parker said, and he would know.

Never quite the same since a March 1 ankle sprain, and fighting knee, neck and shin injuries along the way, Parker emerged in a big way in Game 2, putting up a second half straight out of his January and February, when he was a fringe MVP candidate.

With the win, the second-seeded Spurs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the series, which shifts to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Friday.

If this Parker boards the team charter, the Spurs might well come back with a sweep.

“Some things Tony’s not yet confident with, movement-wise,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “But he’s getting better every game, every day. He’s much closer being whole. I don’t think he’s going to have a problem competing and playing like we’re used to seeing him.”

Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard each chipped in 16 points for the Spurs, with Leonard adding a team-best seven rebounds.

Manu Ginobili added 13 points off the bench and sparked the Spurs’ to the lead late in a first half that saw Parker still looking for his footing.

Fresh off an 18-point effort in Game 1, Ginobili hit two 3-pointers in the final 1:08 of the first half, the centerpiece of 13-4 run that left the Spurs ahead 56-48 at intermission.

“He’s just a big game-time player,” said D’Antoni, a former coach in the Italian League, Ginobili’s long-ago stomping grounds. “That’s been his M.O. since I’ve known him in Italy.”