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SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 21 (Ticker) -- The Sacramento Kings have to feel good about dominating a playoff game without their best player.

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Peja Stojakovic scored 29 points as the Kings overcame the loss of Chris Webber and took a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference first-round series with a 108-95 victory over the Utah Jazz.

Webber, who had 26 points and 11 rebounds in Game 1, left Monday's game after suffering a strained lower back 33 seconds into the second quarter. Instead of struggling without their offensive centerpiece, the Kings took over almost immediately after he went to the locker room.

"With Chris going down, we always still have confidence," Kings guard Bobby Jackson said. "That's the style of this team. When somebody goes down, someone else is going to step up. That's the characteristic this team has."

Stojakovic carried the majority of the scoring burden, making 10-of-16 shots from the floor, 3-of-5 three-pointers and 6-of-6 free throws.

"I didn't play very well the first game," he said. "I wasn't happy with my game. Tonight, I felt much more comfortable and I got a little bit hot. My teammates were looking for me."

"Peja stepped it up for us. He really took the team on his shoulders and played a great game," Sacramento center Vlade Divac said. "When Chris went out, we knew it was going to be a tough night. We just put together a great game."

Utah scored the first basket after Webber left, pulling within 27-24 with 11:20 remaining in the second quarter. Sacramento responded with a 14-2 run, highlighted by four points each from Jackson and Scot Pollard.

Stojakovic buried a three-pointer during the burst and Keon Clark capped it with a dunk to give the Kings a 41-26 cushion with 7:14 remaining.

Sacramento had a 57-42 halftime lead and Utah never got closer than 12 in the second half.

Stojakovic scored 15 points and Divac and Jackson had eight each in the final 24 minutes for the Kings, who have a 2-0 lead in a postseason series for the first time in 51 years.

Jackson and Divac finished with 15 points as the Kings shot 54 percent (44-of-82) from the floor and scored 50 points in the paint.

"I think our guys stepped up tonight," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "Instead of running things through Chris, we ran it through Vlade, and Scot and Keon were doing other things. It's really a luxury."

Andrei Kirilenko had a playoff career-high 17 points and Karl Malone added 15 for Utah, which will host Game 3 at the Delta Center on Saturday.

"I don't have any answers," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "They made it look like a playoff game. We made it look like the end of a seven-game road trip. We looked like a tired team trying to compete against a team that wanted to compete farther."

"It was one of those games where we were just watching," said Jazz guard John Stockton, who was held to eight points and two assists. "They dominated us from start to finish."

Matt Harpring had 14 points and eight assists and Mark Jackson scored 14 points for the Jazz.

Utah had pulled within 71-59 with 4:34 remaining in the third quarter, but Sacramento carried a 21-8 run into the fourth quarter to pull away.

Stojakovic scored the first nine points of the stretch and Bobby Jackson made consecutive baskets before Jimmy Jackson's jumper gave the Kings their largest lead at 92-67 with 9:14 remaining.