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10/10/2015 22:40 EDT | Updated 10/10/2016 01:12 EDT

Bulls beat Timberwolves 114-105 in NBA pre-season action in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG — E'Twaun Moore scored 18 points to help lead the Chicago Bulls to a 114-105 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in NBA pre-season action on Saturday.

Tyus Jones had a team-high 18 points for the Timberwolves.

Canadian, and reigning NBA rookie of the year, Andrew Wiggins played 23:58 for Minnesota and had nine points.

Wiggins received the loudest cheer when the first-overall pick in the 2014 draft was introduced to the sold-out crowd of 15,294 at MTS Centre, many sporting shirts with his No. 22.

The crowd gave the teams a standing ovation at the end of the game. The last NBA game in Winnipeg in 2012 also drew a packed house.

The teams crossed the border as part of this year's Canada Series. Five NBA squads are playing four exhibition games in cities that don't have teams — Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal.

Wiggins, 20, is considered a role model for the next wave of aspiring Canadian pro basketball players. It's a distinction the Vaughan, Ont., native doesn't mind.

"I'm fine with that. I feel that I carry myself pretty well," Wiggins said after his team's Saturday morning shootaround.

"I do things off the court, on the court, to help the people around me. I like to give hope, create opportunity for others."

Wiggins had never to been to Winnipeg before and said he hoped the teams put on a great show for fans.

Bulls' red shirts also peppered the crowd, with fans loudly cheering as the team mounted a 22-point lead with just over nine minutes left in the second quarter.

Minnesota closed the gap to 65-55 at halftime and made it a six-point spread with just over four minutes left in the game before Chicago pulled away.

The pre-season has been extra special for Wiggins as he's been playing with his older brother, Nick, who signed with Minnesota last month.

The 24-year-old saw some action in the last minute and a half. He said earlier he's proud of his little brother's impact on the game.

"With Andrew being the No. 1 pick and the year before (Canadian) Anthony Bennett being the No. 1 pick, you can see a lot of uprising," said Nick, a guard who's played in Germany and also with NBA teams in development and summer leagues.

"Kids are just starting to believe in themselves, that they can compete with kids across the border."

The Timberwolves play the Toronto Raptors in Ottawa on Wednesday. The Canadian Series wraps up Oct. 23 in Montreal with a match between the Raptors and Washington Wizards.

After the game in Winnipeg, Minnesota heads to Toronto for a regular pre-season game Monday against the Raptors.

The Canadian Press