Three good quarters outdid one horrifically bad one for the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

As usual, the offending one was the third quarter where the Raptors gave back all of a 13-point half time lead and then some.

It took a big fourth quarter to overcome it, but that’s just what the Raptors got as they ran the winning streak to two games and maintained a tenuous lead atop the Atlantic division with a 96-88 win over the visiting Washington Wizards.

The fourth quarter was truly a team effort with D.J. Augustin getting the turnaround going when he drained his first touch of the night for a three pointer that put the Raps back up by a point.

Augustin, who had played all of one minute and 20 seconds in the previous five games, made the very most of his five minutes in the fourth quarter.

In addition to the three-pointer, he also had a pair of assists, one a particularly nice dime that he dropped on Jonas Valanciunas. who finished with an easy dunk.

Augustin got the chance because Dwight Buycks, who appears to have separated himself from the pack of would-be Kyle Lowry backups, was away from the team to attend to a family matter.

Augustin took advantage of the opportunity.

“He’s a pro,” head coach Dwane Casey said, repeating himself a couple of times for emphasis. “He kind of fell out of the rotation, struggled a little bit early on. He did have first shot at it. To his credit, the young man has worked at it. He’s worked late, come back at night, worked on his shot and it paid off.

“I’m a firm believer, if your heart and your mind is in the right place, good things will happen for you. If you’re sitting on the bench pouting and upset because somebody is getting another opportunity, nothing good is going to happen for you. His heart has been in the right place.”

But the fourth wasn’t just about Augustin. There were contributions from all quarters of the roster, but it fell to the guy who was too sick to attend shootaround eight hours earlier to lead the scoring charge.