DeMar DeRozan credits Gregg Popovich for his recent 36-point outburst against the Portland Trail Blazers.

DeRozan says Popovich has been "preaching" to him to shoot with "no guilt" as he scored 15 straight points in the third quarter after starting the game shooting 3 of 12 from the field.

DeRozan is averaging 24.3 points on 48.2% shooting this season, including a career high 6 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game.

"He's been around a long time. He's very confident, and he knows what he can do," said Popovich. "That's not going to bother him if he misses a few shots. Scorers shouldn't have a conscience."