After two years of waiting, the 76ers and their fans finally got a chance to see Joel Embiid play in a meaningful game — and the kid did not disappoint. 

The former Kansas star scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 22 minutes as the Sixers lost 103-97 to the Thunder on Wednesday night. 

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The crowd was on Embiid's side from the start of the game, giving him a standing ovation after he scored his first basket and blocked a shot on back-to-back plays. He heard chants of "M-V-P" and "trust the process," and displayed every reason why the Sixers stuck by him for two years: agility, defensive presence, and a soft shooting touch.

It was an impressive — if delayed — start for a player whom the Sixers hope will help turn their franchise around. But Embiid can't do it by himself, and will need help from some of the Sixers' other youngsters.

Problem is, he's probably the most healthy out of the bunch right now, with 2016 top pick Ben Simmons out recovering from a Jones fracture in his foot. Former lottery pick Nerlens Noel will miss the first month of the season after undergoing knee surgery, while Jahlil Okafor is on a minutes restriction as he recovers from soreness in his knee. 

The so-called "Process" isn't nearly complete, but it does appear to be progressing. And it has a big believer in Embiid.

"Man the fans showed so much love...," he tweeted after his NBA debut. "I freaking LOVE YALL!!!! TRUST THE PROCESS."

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Stud of the night

Anthony Davis got the new season off to a big-time start. The Pelicans big man scored 50 points and added 16 rebounds, seven steals, five assists and four blocks in his team's 107-102 loss to the Nuggets. He became the first NBA player to score 50 points in a season-opener since Michael Jordan in 1988. 

Dud of the night 

Victor Oladipo is supposed to be Russell Westbrook's new running mate, but it looks like he's still got a way to go before he gets up to speed. The former Indiana star scored 10 points, missing 12 of his 16 field-goal attempts against the Sixers. 

Tweet of the night 

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arden finished with 34 points and a career-high 17 assists in the Rockets' 120-114 loss.

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Looking ahead

Clippers (0-0) at Trail Blazers (1-0), 10:30 p.m. ET — The Clippers were up 2-1 on the Blazers when Chris Paul and Blake Griffin went down in Game 4 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs last season. Paul and Griffin are back, but Damian Lillard and crew are intact, too.