They broke a four-game road losing streak with Monday's win over the Los Angeles Clippers, and won away from home for just the second time since a late-November victory at Philadelphia.
That alone, however, isn't nearly enough to make the Jazz delusional.
"It's definitely a confidence-builder. But it's just one game. We've got to keep it going," said point guard Deron Williams, who believes the Jazz must string together at least a few victories away from EnergySolutions Arena before feeling their road woes have come to a close. "It's just one win. We've got a long way to go."
By the same token, the 24-18 Jazz weren't dismissive of their accomplishment after improving to 7-15 on the road this season and, they hope, taking one giant step toward turning things around when traveling.
"It's a start," power forward Carlos Boozer said after Utah won for the eighth time in last 10 outings overall. "You have to get the first one before you can get the second one."
The Jazz are off until facing Sacramento at home on Friday and don't travel again until the weekend, when they play Sunday at Houston.
The game against the Rockets will mark their fourth, and last, of four one-game trips in January.
February gets a bit busier, with eight of the Jazz's 13 games during the month coming on the road though no trip is longer than a two-gamer.March features seven road games and includes a four-gamer back East to Chicago, Milwaukee, Boston and New Jersey matching the Jazz's longest trip of the season.
SHUT UP: Boozer had a good time with a particularly loud heckler among the supposed crowd of 16,318 at Staples Center on Monday, even pointing to him after knocking down a couple early free throws.
"I told him that one's for him," Boozer said.
The fan quickly shut up, and Boozer seemed to enjoy the interaction.
"It's hard for us," he said, "because sometimes you have one that wants to stand out among the crowd and sometimes he'll challenge you.
"It's fun, though," Boozer added. "That's the great thing about fans they get a chance to come and say whatever they want and try to get under the opposing team's skin a little bit."
Boozer said he frequently does not hear individual fans, but with Monday's subdued daytime crowd actually appearing much smaller than announced it wasn't hard to hear this guy."Sixteen thousand ... is lot," Boozer said, "but it's not a lot when they're all being quiet."
MUCH RESPECT: After getting blown out by Utah both last Friday and again Monday, it's apparent the Clippers have much respect for the Jazz.
"They cut as hard as any team in the league," center Chris Kaman said after Monday's game. "They move the ball well. Their defense is very physical down low.""They execute very well," Clipper Corey Maggette added. "They set screens and (run) backdoors. They do all the little things that win games."
HE SAID IT: Jazz forward Matt Harpring, on the wisdom of approaching games individually, no matter how trite that may be: "It's just like the (New England) Patriots. I heard them talking (Sunday). Their whole season was 'one game at a time.' They never looked ahead. And I think that's the key to a long season."
SCHEDULE CHANGES: Programming decisions by ESPN to air two more Jazz games have prompted a change in start times for both.
Utah's Feb. 1 game at Washington will now start at 6 p.m. (mountain). It replaces New Jersey at Miami.Also, the Jazz's April 4 home game against San Antonio originally slated to begin at 7 p.m. will instead start at 6 p.m. It replaces Miami at Washington.
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