Midcourt gatherings after games in the NBA are rare — only the New York Knicks come to mind, for their postgame prayer — so when it's done, it's worth taking note.

Pistons veteran forward Corey Maggette brought the team together after the Pistons' 40-point win against the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night, perhaps their most impressive showing of the season. His message was pointed but simple: Take note of what earned this victory, bottle it and carry it for the future.

Perhaps it was also about reminding the team that 0-8 wasn't too long ago and for guys not to get too full of themselves, too satisfied after such a resounding victory. Games in which you shoot 53 percent, 75 from 3-point range, and have 28 assists don't come along often.

The Suns were playing their third game in four nights so the submission wasn't unexpected, but that type of beat-down can inspire confidence among even the most downtrodden.

Even teams under .500 can be overconfident, so Maggette wants to make sure everything is kept in the proper perspective. He noted the team's focus on both ends Wednesday from both units.

"I brought the guys to center court because it was important — I mean, this is a start, a winning streak," Maggette said. "It's important to see what we did, what we've accomplished, we can build on that."

His voice has been important through the first few weeks of the season, with his behind-the-scenes support of coach Lawrence Frank, to his subtle motivational methods with rookie Andre Drummond, whom Maggette tells to dunk everything, and Brandon Knight, whom Maggette dubbed "The Franchise."

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121130/SPORTS0102/211300325#ixzz2DiNUGWAj