Despite the loss, Minnesota remained one point behind the idle Arizona Coyotes for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
Birk grew up in St. Paul and says he never could have dreamed of playing for his hometown team, even after the Vikings drafted him in the sixth round.
Stephen Curry scored 22 of his 36 points in the third quarter and Klay Thompson pitched in with 28 points.
This week’s Athlete of the Week had 26 points and 12 rebounds in the Section 1AA Championship on Friday night, to lead his team to the state tournament for the 2nd time in the past three seasons.
He’s been a varsity player since he was in 8th grade, and has his team ranked sixth in the state.
Amir Coffey led Minnesota (21-13) with 14 points.