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updated: 11/5/2012 1:02 PM

Veteran broadcaster Jim Durham dies at 65

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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- ESPN radio announcer Jim Durham, who called NBA games for the network after a career that included broadcast duties with the Chicago Bulls and White Sox, has died. He was 65.

ESPN said Monday that Durham died over the weekend at his home in Tomball, Texas. A cause of death was not announced.

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In 2011, Durham received the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport.

Durham was the lead play-by-play commentator for NBA games on ESPN Radio since its inception in 1996. His last assignment for ESPN was Tuesday's season opener between Boston and Miami.

A Chicago native, Durham called Bulls games during Michael Jordan's first seven seasons, covering the Bulls from 1973 to 1991. He also served as a broadcaster for the Dallas Mavericks, White Sox (1989-90) and Houston Astros.

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