Previous articleCouncil vows to control stray horsesNext articleTonight will be Limerick’s biggest NYE party. More tickets released today Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email LIMERICK local authorities will get a boost to the funding they get from government to the tune of almost €6 million next year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Environment Minister Phil Hogan has announced General Purpose Grants of €14,625,159 to the Limerick local authorities for 2014. When taken with the water costs of some €31,226,411 that will be transferred from the local authorities to Irish Water, this represents a funding boost of €5,964,879 and a 15 per cent increase over the 2013 figures.Local authority financing will radically change in 2014 when Irish Water will assume responsibility for the delivery and funding of water services, the Local Property Tax will operate on a full year basis and the Non Principal Private Residence Charge will be discontinued. Print NewsExtra cash for local authoritiesBy Staff Reporter – December 31, 2013 657 Advertisement Facebook Linkedin Twitter WhatsApp
“Well, we’ve gotta keep working on it,” Rivers said, when asked about closing out games. “Like I said before the game, I know we’re close, but close isn’t good enough. “You’ve gotta finish games. But I don’t think it started in the fourth quarter. I thought right at the end of the second quarter is when we stopped playing with the same force we played with the first quarter and a half.”Paul led the Clippers (6-5) with 35 points — 18 in the first quarter — after having missed the previous two games with a groin strain. He made his first seven shots and finished 13 of 22. Blake Griffin scored 27 points, Jamal Crawford scored 15, Austin Rivers 10 and DeAndre Jordan had nine points and 10 rebounds.The Clippers led by 10 points in the fourth quarter Nov. 4 at Golden State, only to lose that one by four points.“They executed down the stretch and it reminded me of when we first played them at Golden State,” Paul said. “They made big shots when they needed to and I feel that is on me. I need to control the game down the stretch.“When we were up by 10 points with six minutes left, we have to find a way to win the game. That’s on me.”The Warriors shot 52.1 percent from the field, a whopping 56.7 percent (17 of 30) from 3-point range. They shot 73.3 percent in the fourth quarter, 88.9 (8 of 9) from beyond the arc.Griffin was not happy.“It’s tough, obviously,” he said. “We definitely had some slips and errors there, but in the fourth quarter we need to do a better job and take advantage (of having a lead).“Their numbers were insane and you aren’t going to win any games down the wire if you allow a team to shoot like that.”J.J. Redick sat out again with back spasms. Shaun Livingston did not play for the Warriors Steph Curry led Golden State with 40 points; he also led everyone with 11 rebounds. His two free throws with 25.3 seconds to play for a 122-115 lead sealed the Clippers’ fate. Klay Thompson scored 25, Harrison Barnes 21 and Green 19.Curry scored only three of his points in the first quarter after taking two early fouls. He scored 13 in the critical fourth quarter and shot 11 of 22 for the night, including 6 of 14 from 3-point range.“We finally got stops and stopped turning the ball over, which starts with me,” said Curry, who had seven of his team’s 19 turnovers. “We know the recipe against the Clippers is that you can’t give them easy points.“Whether they shoot well or not, that’s what fuels their offense — easy buckets in transition off of turnovers.”The Clippers led 41-21 in the first quarter and 50-27 and 55-32 in the second. That his team came back from all that to win by seven made Walton a happy coach.“That was pretty fun to watch our guys fight back like that after the first quarter the Clippers had,” he said. “We kept telling them, ‘Just keep chipping away.’ The Clippers played great and didn’t give in.”When the Clippers fought back to lead by 10 after seeing their lead reduced to 96-95, it appeared they might get the Warriors in this one. But the Warriors showed why they have yet to lose.The Warriors trailed the Brooklyn Nets by 17 in the second quarter on Nov. 14 in Oakland, coming back to win that one by eight.The Clippers, who shot 50 percent, play Friday at Portland. The Golden State Warriors are what the Los Angeles Clippers would like to become. The Warriors won the NBA title in June. They have followed that up by starting this season 13-0, their latest win coming Thursday night when they overcame a 23-point first-half deficit to defeat the Clippers 124-117 in a thriller before 19,528 at Staples Center. The Warriors are doing it by playing the proverbial clutter-free style of basketball, meaning in part that no one cares about anything other than winning. Personal goals and the like are irrelevant.They also have a swagger to them. “You’re the champions,” Golden State interim coach Luke Walton said before the game. “You feel like you can win any game. You don’t ever feel like you’re out of anything. And our guys have it right now.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Golden State is within two wins of tying the record for most consecutive wins to start a season.The Clippers twice led by as many as 23 points in the first half, only to see that lead whittled to just 14 (68-54) at halftime. The Clippers led by only six points (91-85) after three quarters when Draymond Green buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer.“One of our things before the game was the team that plays the hardest the longest was going to win the game,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “It was going to be a close game; I felt that before the game and it turned out to be that.“But they made every big shot. I think the difference right now for them is they just kept trusting. Their ball found anyone. They swung to (Andre) Iguodala twice for 3s (in the fourth quarter). They just kept finding the open guys. Some of those were (defensive) breakdowns, some of those were good offense on their part.”The Warriors outscored the Clippers 70-49 in the second half, 25-8 over the final 5:54 after Chris Paul gave the Clippers a 109-99 lead with a 3-pointer.