This season has been such a struggle for Deron Williams, that when the three-time All-Star actually hits clutch shots in the fourth quarter, has a good game, takes over down the stretch — you know, all the things Brooklyn expected when it paid him a maximum contract — it actually becomes big news.

Williams understands it, his injury-riddled season has made it that way. But the Nets’ star point guard and franchise player is hoping to change all that starting Thursday against San Antonio, hoping Monday’s performance against Philadelphia becomes more the norm than just an aberration.

“It was big,’’ Williams said of his performance against the 76ers. “I wish we weren’t talking about little things like that all the time. It seems like I have a good game and it’s a big deal. It shouldn’t be that way. It has been, because of injuries and how it’s gone. But hopefully it’ll change.’’

The Nets can only hope so. Williams’ ankles have been the most discussed body parts in Brooklyn, robbing him of not only playing time early in the season but explosion once he finally returned.

But on Monday, right after acknowledging he was struggling with a crisis of confidence, Williams showed some auspicious signs. He hit a huge fadeaway jumper late in the fourth quarter, finished with 21 points and six assists, and led the Nets to a 108-102 win.

Games like that have been few and far enough between to qualify as news.

They’re also a sign the cortisone shots and platelet-rich plasma injections Williams got are finally kicking in, just as they did last season. He had struggled during the team’s recent three-game losing skid, averaging a dozen points with six assists, and 2.7 turnovers on 38.7 percent shooting. And his confidence took a beating along the way.