A couple of guys who don’t take any lip or any guff from anybody dragged the Mavericks back into their first-round playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs.

Shawn Marion and former Spur DeJuan Blair pushed first and pushed hard as the Mavericks controlled Game 2 Wednesday night for a thoroughly dominating 113-92 victory over the Spurs at AT&T Center.

Leveling the series at a win apiece, the Mavericks now come home to American Airlines Center for Games 3 and 4 with a chance to seize control of the best-of-7 series and try to become just the sixth No. 8 seed to win a series against the No. 1 seed.

It also stopped a 10-game losing streak against the Spurs, going back three seasons.

“It’s good for our confidence and our morale,” Devin Harris said. “We believe we can beat this team. Obviously, they’d beaten us 10 straight times or whatever. It’s good to get one.”

Marion hit his first seven shots from the floor and finished with 20 points. But it was the defensive tone he set that sparked the Mavericks.

Blair came off the bench with effective minutes. His energy and hard-nosed rebounding helped open the game up as the Mavericks went up by 15 points in the second quarter.

The Spurs would cut the margin to five by halftime, but the Mavericks ran away in the second half, going up 99-76 with 8:39 to go when Vince Carter got loose for a dunk.

“We had that persistence that you need to have and you need to have it because you’re going to get hit with things that are going to challenge your emotional strength,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “I felt our ability to have emotional strength was a key. In the playoffs, it’s so emotional and there’s so much going on that when you win, it feels like you’re never going to lose and when you lose, you feel like you’re never going to win again. And so you got to avoid getting into those highs and lows and tonight we did a good job of it.”

And handling the physical nature of the Spurs was critical.