So this was the Treveon Graham that Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson kept telling us he has been seeing since training camp.
Graham had a breakout performance with a career-high 21 points in his third start for the Nets, making as many buckets (seven) and 3-pointers (three) against the Houston Rockets as he had in his first eight games with Brooklyn.
And defensively, he was part of the tag team used on James Harden, coming up with a key play with time winding down in overtime when he left Austin Rivers to go double-team Harden with the shot clock expiring.
Harden got the ball to Rivers, who missed a potential go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds to go in the extra session and the Nets were able to close out the win with a pair of Joe Harris free throws and a missed 3 by Gerald Green at the horn.
Graham missed 37 games before coming back earlier this month from a hamstring injury and had far and away his best game since signing a free-agent deal with the Nets last summer.
Rodions Kurucs continues to astound opponents with his Plastic Man length, catching defenders unaware a couple of times on runs to the rim Wednesday night and creating problems at the defensive end with those arms that go on seemingly forever.
He did fall victim to a James Harden jab step, as the reigning MVP welcomed the rookie to the NBA with a move he probably didn’t encounter much in Latvia or Spain.
Kurucs also fell victim to his tendency to reach, picking up a couple of cheap fouls before getting his sixth in a must-foul situation with 15.2 seconds left in regulation.
It was a terrific foul to exit on, as P.J. Tucker missed both free throws, before the Nets were unable to secure the rebound thanks to DeMarre Carroll being shoved during the scramble with no call.
The 20-year-old Kurucs is the surprise of the year for the Nets, who are 12-5 since the rookie joined the starting unit on Dec. 14.