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Longtime play-by-play announcer Jim Durham died in his Tomball, Texas, home Sunday. He was 65.

No cause of death was announced, according to ESPN.com.

Durham was ESPN's lead radio play-by-play announcer for NBA games. He worked alongside Jack Ramsay since 1996. Durham's final broadcast was Tuesday night's season opener between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

Durham was the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award winner in 2011.

Durham was the radio and television voice of the Chicago Bulls from 1973-91. His final season in Chicago was the Bulls first championship with Michael Jordan.

He also called games on television for the Houston Astros from 1983-85, Chicago White Sox in 1989-90, and the Dallas Mavericks from 1993-2001.

In addition to ESPN, he worked for NBC, CBS and Turner Sports.

Durham was the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year in 1979, 1989 and 1990, and won two Chicago Emmy awards.

--Brooklyn Nets small forward Gerald Wallace is out for Monday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves because of a sprained left ankle, according to ESPN New York.

Nets coach Avery Johnson said Wallace is considered day to day.

Keith Bogans will start in Wallace's place.

--The NBA announced Monday that J.J. Barea of the Timberwolves and Donald Sloan of the Cavaliers received warnings for flopping in games played on Friday.

These are the first such warnings involving the new rule. If either is cited from flopping again, he will be fined $5,000.
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