Poorly considered phrasing, perhaps
I'm not sure this is intended to mean what it sounds like:
O'Neal compensated for his dismal foul shooting by nailing jumpers and getting inside for layups and dunks despite being double teammed.
Especially when it's preceded in the article by:
Jerry Stackhouse suffered a small cut on the nose late in the first half when he ran into O'Neal's right elbow while driving to the basket.
Stackhouse, who did not start but is usually one of the first players off Dallas bench, needed three stitches at halftime to close the wound.