SALT LAKE CITY, April 5 (Ticker) -- It was closer this time, but the Utah Jazz still cannot play with the Sacramento Kings.

Chris Webber scored 28 points, including the tie-breaking three-point play midway through the fourth quarter, as the Kings completed a perfect six-game road trip with a 117-109 victory over the Jazz.

Sacramento continued to roll, extending its overall winning streak to seven games and its road run to seven, a franchise record. The Kings also established club marks for wins (56) and road wins (23).

The NBA's best team also completed its first sweep of the Jazz since the 1979-80 season, when the Kings were in Kansas City and the Jazz were in New Orleans. However, this one was not as easy as the first three wins.

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Chris Webber led seven Kings in double figures with 28 points.
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Sacramento had beaten Utah by an average of more than 27 points in the first three meetings and appeared on its way to another rout, opening a 22-point lead early in the second quarter. But Utah fought back and forged a 96-96 tie on a jumper by Rusty LaRue with 6:31 to go.

Webber followed with his three-point play, giving the Kings the lead for good with 6:09 left. He added a layup to keep the lead at three points and another inside shot to push the advantage to 106-100 with 3:50 remaining. His acrobatic layup made it 113-103 with 1:46 left.

Webber took advantage of the absence of Jazz forward Karl Malone, who sat out due to injury for just the fifth time in his 17-year career -- and second this season -- with a sore right knee.

"This is the first time I've ever seen a game played in Utah without Karl Malone," Webber said. "It didn't seem right."

Peja Stojakovic returned from a sore hamstring and scored 23 points for the Kings, who shot 54 percent (44-of-81) from the field and had seven players in double figures.

"I was really trying to just play him six, seven, eight minutes and get him out and put him back in," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "He kept telling me his leg was fine. It was just his wind. But it's nice to see him back. It gives us a full convoy of people now."

Sacramento (56-19) opened a 2 1/2-game lead on the Los Angeles Lakers in the race for the best record in the NBA and home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs. Right now, its first-round opponent would be Utah (42-34), which is eighth in the Western Conference.

"They are one of the smartest teams in basketball," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "They will pick you apart with where the ball is supposed to go, and they'll pass it."

Donyell Marshall had 32 points and 13 rebounds for the Jazz, who have dropped six in a row to the Kings. Utah remained one-half game behind seventh-place Seattle in the West.

"It's pretty hard to fight back in a game like that," Sloan said. "I don't know if it meant anything or not. You'll hve to go ask those guys (Jazz players)."

The Kings shot 65 percent (15-of-23) in the first quarter, racing to a 36-18 lead. Stojakovic scored 10 points and Webber and Vlade Divac added eight apiece.

"We came out in the first quarter like we didn't want to play, then you give them 34 or 36 points ... " Sloan said.

A layup by Scot Pollard gave the Kings their largest lead at 40-18 with 10:25 left in the second quarter before the Jazz slowly began coming back, closing to 61-51 at halftime.

"We started out so well without Karl in the lineup and everything and maybe we thought it was gonna be easy or something," Adelman said. "But we knew Utah was going to play hard. That's one thing we talked about, how hard they were gonna play with Karl out."

The Jazz inched within 86-80 entering the final period and tied it on LaRue's shot. Webber's basket started a 17-7 run that included 3-pointers by Mike Bibby and Doug Christie, who scored 16 and 14 points, respectively.

"I think we kind of relaxed too much and let them back in the game," Bibby said. "We wanted to close them out early and it didn't happen. We made it tougher than we had to."

Divac and Bobby Jackson each scored 12 points and Hedo Turkoglu added 10 for the Kings, who made 6-of-14 3-pointers and 23-of-27 free throws.

John Stockton had 20 points and 10 assists and Bryon Russell also scored 20 points for the Jazz, who shot 47 percent (42-of-89) and held a 45-32 rebounding edge.