Pistons small forward Corey Maggette thought it was time to gather up the team after its fifth win Wednesday night.

The Pistons had just torched the Phoenix Suns, 117-77, at the Palace, their biggest margin of victory since beating Milwaukee by 45 points (114-69) on Dec. 31, 2007.

Maggette, a 33-year-old veteran acquired from the Charlotte Bobcats as part of the Ben Gordon trade in June, called the team to midcourt to talk before they left the floor for the locker room.

He didn't want to waste the moment, he said.

"I think it was important the guys went to center court to talk about what we have accomplished," Maggette said at practice Thursday in preparation for tonight's game at Memphis. "We can build on it, and I think it was important for our guys to know that, get a feel for it."

Maggette, who scored eight points, including two three-pointers, said it was his idea to have the players huddle, but only with the support of Tayshaun Prince.

"I brought the guys in, and Tayshaun said, 'Eh, Corey needs to talk' and when Tayshaun speaks, the guys want to listen," Maggette said.

He believes the midcourt chat created a positive vibe.

"It's important to stay together ... through our ups and downs," said Maggette, a former first-round draft pick out of Duke. "Now is a great opportunity for us to build on what we did."