Shawn Marion is well known for his defensive exploits. But it was mainly his offense Wednesday that sparked the Dallas Mavericks' 95-85 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Mavs trailed the Grizzlies 73-68 with 10 minutes remaining in the game. That's when Dallas went on a 21-4 scoring spree, with Marion scoring 10 of those points.

But Dirk Nowitzki was quick to point out that Marion's defense also played a role in the rally.

"He had a couple of blocks from behind on [Rudy] Gay, and we got a couple of loose balls there," Nowitzki said. "And any time we can get some stops and just speed the game up, it plays into our hands."

While Marion's offense took center stage Wednesday, Nowitzki stands by the Mavs' company line that Marion should be the winner of this year's NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.

"He's definitely up there," Nowitzki said. "I didn't watch enough [other games] to really make a point for anybody else, but I know we stick him on the best offensive player every night.

"It might be Chris Paul one night like the other night, and [Wednesday] it might be Gay. So to us he can guard [point guards] through [power forwards], basically."