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ILE—Referee Earl Strom keeps Houston Rockets Calvin Murphy, left , from getting any closer to Sixers George McGinnis duirng a game in Philadelphia in 1978. Strom, a 29-year NBA official who whistled calls against players from Wilt Chamberlain’s generation to Michael Jordan’s, died Sunday at his home after a long illness at the age of 66. Strom, who retired after working the 1990 NBA Finals, had undergone surgery in January for a malignant brain tumor. At center is Rockets Dwight Jones. (13) (AP Photo/file)