Paul George keeps the scouting report simple when his Indiana Pacers meet the Chicago Bulls.

It’s like we’re playing ourselves, George will say.

However, if the Bulls are the Pacers’ mirror image, then on Tuesday against the Detroit Pistons, Indiana matched up against its little brother.

Hard fouls, mean defense, bitter conversations – this wasn’t just a forgettable game before the big Bulls showcase Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers remained undefeated with the 99-91win over the Pistons.

Though Detroit threw different defensive looks at George, who mixed up his long-distance shooting (4-for-8) with transition buckets, he still led all scorers with 31 points. And there were other ways Indiana controlled its Central Division adversary.

Roy Hibbert shut down the paint with sevenblocks while Lance Stephenson shut up Will Bynum and Josh Smith – talking trash to the two Pistons at separate times.

The Pistons (2-2) might not be there yet, but they’re on the rise and the Pacers needed this win to knock them back to the ground level.

“(They’re) No. 1 in the league in points in the paint, we’re No. 1 in guarding the paint,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said hours before the game, “So we’ll see which style wins out.”

As usual, big brother’s style won. The Pacers (4-0) did not need huge individual scoring efforts behind George as the team played its suffocating brand of defense, holding the Pistons to 38-percent shooting, so that Detroit could not break out offensively.

There were fraternal ties at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Both Hibbert and Pistons power forward Greg Monroe proudly wave their Georgetown banner.

In the long line of Georgetown big men, Hibbert begat Monroe – and even hosted a B.Y.O.B. house party his senior year intended to entice the big recruit to follow his footsteps as a Hoya.

“I’m practically the reason why where he’s at right now,” Hibbert joked.

But at the tip, the jesting and witty jabs came to an abrupt end. While Hibbert was able to stay on the court and contribute four points and four rebounds through the Pacers’ controlling 29-14 first quarter, Monroe left with two fouls.