LaMarcus Aldridge said his battle with Minnesota's Kevin Love on Sunday was simple competition.

"I thought it was just two guys competing, two guys trying to lead their teams," Aldridge said after he led the Blazers to a 119-106 victory over the Timberwolves at the Rose Garden. "It was just a competitive night."

Was there more to it? The two Western Conference All-Star power forwards got into a shoving match in the first half, and they battled each other hard for position in a rugged, physical joust in the low block.